I want to be a theoretical physicist, and I've been looking online, and so far all I find are jobs at universities. I want to work for an independent research company. Is there such a thing? The reason I am asking is because, I am in college, and I have to write a paper about my career choice, what is my career goal, where do you want to live, and what are 3 potential employers in that area. I chose New Zealand, and So now what I have to do is list 3 potential employers in that area. All I can find are universities, and so far I am not directing the classes I take to the teaching category, and I haven't found one research company that does anything like what I mentioned in my paper, let alone any in New Zealand. Please help. EDIT: Forget the paper I wrote, and the New Zealand stuff, I'm looking for a much more Real life answer now. Basically, I want to research something like theoretical particle physics, but I don't want to work for NASA, or a university, am I out of luck?